PACF ISSUES GRANTS FOR THE AREA
PARKERSBURG, WV—The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced its grant awards for spring 2015.
The Foundation awarded a total of $224,823 through the Spring Community Action Grants program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.
• Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society - $2,592 to renovate the museum basement to mitigate water infiltration.
• Ellenboro Elementary School - $500 to purchase art supplies to incorporate art instruction into all classrooms.
• Gilmer Public Library - $3,250 to the development of mini-libraries throughout the county.
• North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation - $3,960 to install culverts on the North Bend Rail Trail.
• Ritchie County Middle School - $600 to support teacher training on literacy.
• Roane County Schools - $4,800 to upgrade Wifi infrastructure.
• The Wirt County Missional Group - $2,200 to purchase a cargo trailer for food transportation.
• West Central Beekeepers Association - $3,000 to assist local beekeepers in rebuilding bee colonies.
• Ritchie County Middle Schools - $800 to support teacher training on literacy
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) awarded works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.
PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.
PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.
For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.
GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION GRANTED FOR 12 COUNTIES
Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Lewis, Marshall, Ohio,
Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel Counties to receive federal assistance
CHARLESTON, WV—Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced a federal disaster declaration has been approved for Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Lewis, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel counties. The declaration will provide assistance with ongoing state and local recovery efforts resulting from the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred April 08-11, 2015.
“This assistance will help our counties address critical infrastructure needs resulting from the severe storms and increment weather during those dates, which represent one of three separate storm events this spring,“ Governor Tomblin said. “I’m grateful to members of our Congressional delegation for their support of my request for federal help.“
Funds will be available to state and local agencies under the federal disaster declaration.
The declaration provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged between April 08 and April 11.
Governor Tomblin requested a federal disaster declaration for 12 West Virginia counties on May 07.
The public assistance funding does not provide individual assistance for county residents.
Hazard Mitigation grants are available for all 55 West Virginia counties.
All counties are eligible to apply for this financial assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.
North Bend Rail Trail Receives $1 Million in Grants
CAIRO, WV – The North Bend Rail Trail (NBRT) that crosses four counties in north-central West Virginia recently was awarded grant funding of a little more than $1 million for continued trail improvements, repairs and maintenance. The eastern counties that the North Bend Rail Trail dissects will be the primary work focus for funding.
The North Bend Rail Trail is popular with hikers, bikers, horseback riding and walkers. It features 13 tunnels, is relatively flat, and stretches 72 miles beginning in Happy Valley in Wood County and ending in Harrison County near Wolf Pen. It is an east-west trail, once the rail line for B&O and the CSX system. Details about the NBRT is available at www.northbendrailtrailstatepark.com.
“The North Bend Rail Trail Foundation was a key factor in the success of achieving grant funding,” said Ryan Burns with the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH). “The foundation raised funds used to match initial grant requirements.”
The original funding for trail work is a combination of Recreational Trails and Transportation Enhancement Program funds, the North Bend Rails-to-Trails Foundation, Inc., and multiple sources which created a collaborative partnership involving the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, WVDOH and the NBRT Foundation. The combined trail funding has resulted in a combined total of $1.035-million. The funding is granted through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by the WVDOH.
“The NBRT, one of the premier rail trails in West Virginia, has needed maintenance work performed on its eastern section, but funding was not available,” said NBRT Superintendent Paul Elliott. “Trail improvements will include tread surface hardening and much-needed drainage work along the trail in sections in Doddridge and Harrison counties. Everyone involved is dedicated to keeping North Bend Rail Trail one of the best in the Eastern US. Grant funds and interested groups working together keep good work happening in West Virginia.”
WV Eighth Graders Receive Golden Horseshoe Award on Friday, May 01, 2015
CHARLESTON, WV – Knowledge of the Mountain State really paid off for a group of eighth graders who were honored with a prestigious award at the Culture Center Friday.
On Friday, 233 eighth grade students from across the state received the award for their knowledge of history and culture.
State Superintendent Michael Martirano inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a pinning ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston. The award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.
“The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few,“ said Martirano. “It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come.“
The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.
The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier. At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe.
Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.“ On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.“ Because of this, the recipients became known as ‘The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.‘“
Those who Received Golden Horseshoe Award in the Region Are:
Kathy Williams - Honorary Winner
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WV Scholar Semifinalists Named
BUCKHANNON, WV – Twenty West Virginia high school juniors have been named as semifinalists for the 2015 MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar Program.
The 20 will now be interviewed as part of the process that will result in a four-year, $125,000 scholarship for undergraduate study at West Virginia Wesleyan, located in Buckhannon, that includes tuition, fees, room and board.
Up 10 finalists will be named May 24. Between then and June 14, votes for the finalists will be cast online.
Beyond the grand prize, there are additional scholarship awards for finalists. The second prize is a four-year, $5,000 scholarship at Wesleyan, while the third prize is a four-year, $2,500 scholarship there.
The winners will be announced during a June 16 luncheon on the Buckhannon campus.
The 20 semifinalists and their high schools include:
• Caitlin Murphy-Tygarts Valley
• Margaret Lohmann-Bridgeport
• Adreanna LeMasters-Wheeling Park
• Johnnie-Jo Hovis-Buckhannon Upshur
• Abigail Chaffins-Spring Valley
• Hannah Daniels-Elkins
• Mateah Kittle-Bridgeport
• Brianna Ritz-Magnolia
• Khori Lowther-Lewis County
• Katherine Rexroad-Notre Dame
• Breunna Haynes-Parkersburg South
• Hayden Nichols-Herbert Hoover
• Kathern Keith-Gilmer County
• Kathryn Gerbo-University
• McKenzie Whitehair-Ritchie County
• Kia Barnhart-Tyler Consolidated
• Ashley Grace-East Fairmont
• Noah Taylor-Clay County
• Savannah Kite-Moorefield
• Sadie McCartney-Elkins
In addition to MVB Bank, West Virginia Wesleyan and MetroNews, the sponsors for the 2015 West Virginia Scholar Program, now in its 7th year, are the West Virginia Homebuilders Association, West Virginia Forestry Association, the West Virginia Hospital Association and Friends of Coal.
Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from McDowell and Ritchie Counties
CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials announced two winners in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. McKaylee Lynch, a homeschool student in Harrisville, Ritchie County, took top prize in the fourth-grade category. Jacob Adkins of Bradshaw Elementary in McDowell County won top honors in the fifth-grade category. This year’s contest theme was “Trees Are … Beneficial!”
Contest Coordinator Andy Sheetz, the Division of Forestry’s partnership coordinator, said, “The Arbor Day Poster Contest is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents while learning about the importance of trees.”
An award ceremony will be conducted for each of the winners and trees will be planted in their honor. Each winner also will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association.
The West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled fourth-grade and fifth-grade students in the state. Information on the 2016 contest will be available in September 2015 at www.wvforestry.com.
GSC Business Department Recognizes Distinguished Students
GLENVILLE, WV – The Glenville State College Business Department recently announced its list of Distinguished Business Students for 2015. Recognition of these top twenty-five business students is based on multiple criteria including academic achievement, class rank, campus involvement, and leadership in department classes and programs. Additionally, some students are recognized for specific departmental awards.
This year’s group of Distinguished Business Students included:
• Senior accounting major Samantha Brookover from Auburn, West Virginia
• Junior accounting major Kathy Childers from Spencer, West Virginia
• Senior management and marketing major Robert Cline from Gassaway, West Virginia
• Junior sport management and marketing major Hunter Given from Cowen, West Virginia
• Senior accounting major Morgan Lambert from Oceana, West Virginia
• Senior management major Madison Martin from Canvas, West Virginia
• Senior accounting and management major Kristen Meadows from Gassaway, West Virginia
• Sophomore management major Kalleone Moret of Roanoke, Virginia
• Senior accounting and management major Meghan Ruddlesden of Parkersburg, West Virginia
• Senior accounting and management major William Sarine of Harrisville, West Virginia
• Senior accounting and management major Valeri Sprouse of Glenville, West Virginia
• Junior sport management major Tyler Wiseman of Baltimore, Maryland.
2015 GSC Distinguished Business Students (l-r)
back row: Alfonso Medina, Kaitlin Carpenter, Alexander Joseph, Hunter Given, Nathan Kincaid, Kalleone Moret
middle row: Kathy Childers, Samantha Brookover, Graydon Jedamski, Gregory Steele, Robert Cline, Kristen Meadows, Erica Whitney
front row: Lucas DeMarino, Ashley Woodford, Julie Greenlee, Madison Martin, Meghan Ruddlesden, Valeri Sprouse
(not pictured: Randy Stiers, Stefano Pecci, Jason Rosenburg, Morgan Lambert, William Sarine, and Tyler Wiseman)
Those receiving specific awards included these talented students:
• Senior accounting, management, and computer and information systems triple major Ashley Woodford of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia who earned the Ernest H. Smith Award and was named the Outstanding Accounting Student.
• Computer and information systems major Randy Stiers of Gassaway, West Virginia who was recognized as the Freshman with the Highest Major Fields Test Score.
• Accounting and management major Erica Whitney of Strange Creek, West Virginia who was named the Senior with the Highest Major Fields Test Score.
• Best Business 193 Service Learning Team which was comprised of sophomore business major Lucas DeMarino of Glenville, West Virginia
• Junior management major Alfonso Medina of Venice, California
• Senior natural resource management major Stefano Pecci of Dana Point, California
• Junior business major Graydon Jedamski of Broadway, Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Two-year Student
• Senior business and marketing education (5-adult) major Julie Greenlee of Duck, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Business Education Student
• Junior computer and information systems major Jason Rosenburg of Troy, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Computer Science Student
• Senior management major Gregory Steele of Sand Fork, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Management Student
• Senior marketing and management major Kaitlin Carpenter of Grantsville, West Virginia was recognized as the Outstanding Marketing Student
• Senior sport management major Nathan Kincaid of Summersville, West Virginia was named the Outstanding Sport Management Student
• Senior sport management major Alexander Joseph of Fairmont, West Virginia was named the Outstanding Intern
All of the award recipients enjoyed a luncheon with GSC faculty and staff prior to the awards ceremony.
For more information on the event or the GSC Business Department, call 304.462.4123.
GOVERNOR TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION HAS BEEN GRANTED
FEMA declaration to assist government agencies following
Winter Storm Thor
CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced his March 24 request for a federal disaster declaration following Winter Storm Thor has been granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The federal declaration will provide assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
“These federal funds will provide much needed financial assistance to counties that bore the brunt of Winter Storm Thor,“ Governor Tomblin said. “I appreciate the hard work of our state’s first responders and the West Virginia National Guard during the response to Winter Storm Thor and am grateful for their efforts to keep our residents safe. This declaration will provide our state, counties and municipalities with the assistance and support needed to rebuild and move forward.“
The following counties are eligible to receive federal public assistance funding under the declaration: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, McDowell, Mingo, Monongalia, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.
Governor Tomblin Announces Transportation Alternatives, Recreational Trails Program Grants
More than $5.6 million to assist with 42 projects across West Virginia
CHARLESTON, WV – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today joined representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration’s West Virginia Division Office to award over $5.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to 42 projects across West Virginia.
“Today’s grant presentations are the start of many anticipated infrastructure improvements in cities and towns across the Mountain State,” Governor Tomblin said. “These projects will not only help make communities safer, but also more accessible and enjoyable for the people who call them home.”
The total grant funding was allocated as follows:
The West Virginia TAP grant is administered as part of a federal program held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is a federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Recipients of the TAP grants include:
Martinsburg Train Station Corridor 2014 - $154,000
Madison Main Street Streetscape 2014 - $120,198
Beech Bottom Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $144,000
Huntington Old Main Corridor 2014 - $350,000
Huntington Paul Ambrose Trail for Health Pedestrian Bridge 2014 - $500,000
Lewisburg Elementary School Safe Routes Project 2014 - $80,000
Lewisburg Feamster Road Sidewalk 2014 - $200,000
Rupert Sidewalk 2014 - $99,084
White Sulphur Springs Main Street Streetscape 2014 - $259,200
Romney Sidewalk & Streetscape 2014 - $214,720
Lost Creek Train Depot Renovations 2014 - $40,000
Shinnston Rail Trail Restoration 2014 - $184,206
West Milford Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $96,000
Charleston Sidewalks in South Hills 2014 - $160,000
Dunbar 12th Street Streetscape 2014 - $205,344
St. Albans Streetscape 2014 - $245,000
Pleasant Valley Sidewalks 2014 - $160,000
Mason Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $179,976
Morgantown City-wide Bicycle Signage & Facilities 2014 - $96,000
St. Marys Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $152,000
Kingwood Sidewalks 2014 - $143,200
Poca Sidewalks 2014 - $119,429
Cairo Sidewalks 2014 - $100,000
Spencer Streetscape 2014 - $200,030
Paden City School Sidewalk Improvements 2014 - $80,000
Vienna Grand Central Avenue Streetscape 2014 - $127,881
Pineville River Drive Sidewalks 2014 - $200,000
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is also an assistance program of the FHWA and allows states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail use. Recipients of the RTP grants include:
Confederate Cemetery Recreational Trail - $80,000
Rainelle Recreation Trail: Phase II - $48,000
Trail Relocation - $24,200
Nature Trails-Phase II Trail Maintenance Equipment - $56,320
Kanawha County Trail System - $80,000
Kanawha County Trailhead Facility - $40,000
Golf Course Ridge Trail - $32,947
Wayne County Trailhead Facility - $40,000
Wellness Trails - $120,000
Mon River/Caperton Trail Connector-Star City River Landing - $96,000
Collins Ferry Road: Mon River Trail Connector - $60,000
Foundry Street Linkage-Downtown to Rail-Trail - $34,320
Deckers Creek Trail Surface Repair Project - $101,376
Tucker County Rocks! - $120,000
Wayne County Trail System - $80,000
2015 WV Counties’ Health Ranking
SAND FORK, WV – Pendleton County ranked healthiest in West Virginia, according to the 2015 County Health Rankings.
The report was eleased Wednesday, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
The five healthiest counties in West Virginia, starting with most healthy, are Pendleton, Jefferson, Monongalia, Pleasants, and Upshur.
The five counties in the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are McDowell, Wyoming, Mingo, Logan, and Mercer.
The rankings are a comparison of health in nearly every county in the United States.
The counties in each state are compared among 30 factors that influence health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, exercise, and diet.
This year’s rankings showed that the healthiest counties in each state have higher college attendance, fewer hospital stays, and better access to gyms and parks.
he least healthy counties have more smokers, more teen births, and more alcohol related car crash deaths.
Area Counties Health Rankings (Better to Worst)
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Ritchie County Genealogy/History Fair March 28, 2014
The Ritchie County Historical Society’s 4th annual Genealogy/History Fair will be held March 28, 2015, 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Harrisville Gym.
Eleven vendors will provide a wide variety of genealogy and history books, CDs and maps with an enormous amount of information for a large section of West Virginia and some counties in Ohio. Help with genealogy research will also be available.
Vendors participating this year include genealogists David & Martha Boggs and Jim & Janet Lockhart. Historical societies from Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Marion, Ritchie, Roane and Wood Counties will be present along with the Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants, based in Lewis County. A representative of the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Alliance will also be present.
The Harrisville Gym is located next to the former Harrisville High School and football field. The Gym’s street address is 950 Helen Street. Access is via turning off RT. 16/Main St., at “the” stop light, onto South Penn Avenue and proceeding around the back of the former school building.
Admission is free. A concession stand will be available and Door Prizes will be presented. Parking is available between the Gym and the former school building and between the Gym and the football field.
Questions about the event may be forwarded to the Ritchie County Historical Society at:
or contact David or Susan Scott at 304.643.2738 or toll free at 866.363.8416.
Sarah Lou Daugherty
Sarah Lou Daugherty
Age 74, of Harrisville, WV, departed this life on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Home in Parkersburg, WV.
Sarah was born October 11, 1940 in Ritchie County, WV (Mahone Community) a daughter of the late Alva H. and Marcella J. (Martin) Sinnett.
Sarah spent her life as a loving and caring homemaker for her family. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School with the class of 1959 and greatly enjoyed the annual HHS Alumni and class reunions. She greatly enjoyed writing poetry and was an avid walker who met many friends while walking at the Harrisville Town Park.
She was a former member of the King Knob United Methodist Church and attended St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Harrisville.
Sarah was also a big part in the lives of her grandchildren who she loved dearly.
She is survived by her children, Cheryl Ann Marshall of Ripley, WV; Terry Wayne Daugherty (Melissa) and Roger Lee Daugherty (Dorothy), both of Harrisville, WV; grandchildren, Chad Prunty (Becca) & Chase Marshall, both of Mineral Wells, WV; Trace, Emily, Tangi, & Ryan Daugherty, all of Harrisville, WV; sisters, Ernestine Cowan of Parkersburg, WV; Betty Hart of Millersburg, OH; Vieva Massie of Massillon, OH ; Barbara Whitehair; Nancy Timmons of Harrisville, WV; Brinda Price of Washington, WV; Margaret Wright of Petroleum, WV; brother, Alva H. Sinnett, Jr. of Millersburg, OH, and her great grandchildren, Asher & Abel Prunty of Mineral Wells, WV.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alfred Wayne Daugherty and her half brother, Wilber “Babes” Martin.
Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV with Rev. John Frum officiating.
Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 PM - 8 PM Friday, at the funeral home.
WV RECORDS AND PRESERVATION GRANTS
Recipients in 41 counties receive a total of $708,875 in grant funding
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the awarding of $708,875 in grant funds to recipients in 41 West Virginia counties. Funding was allocated in the form of State Development Grants, Survey and Planning Grants, and Records Management and Preservation Grants.
“The Mountain State is full of records, archives, and landmark structures that play an important role in defining our state’s history,” Governor Tomblin said. “Together, this grant funding, will help enhance access to public records and maintain historic infrastructure around the state - ensuring stories of West Virginia’s past are preserved and able to be passed down for generations to come.”
The total grant funding was allocated as follows:
The State Development Grant Program is for rehabilitation of properties that are either listed on the National Register of Historic Places or are contributing properties in a historic district or/and archaeological development of a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The funding source for this grant program is appropriated by the West Virginia Legislature, through Lottery Funds. Recipients of State Development Grants include:
Alpine Heritage Preservation
To assist with truss repair on the Cottrill’s Opera House in Thomas, Tucker County.
Bluefield Preservation Society, Inc.
To assist with the repair/replacement of the roof on the Granada Theater in Bluefield, Mercer County.
Corporation of Shepherdstown
To assist with repair to the roof, gutters and brick corbelling on the Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.
Fort Henry LLC
To assist with window repair on the Fort Henry Club Building in Wheeling, Ohio County.
Friends of Wheeling, Inc.
To assist with roof replacement on the Robert W. Hazlett House in Wheeling, Ohio County.
Fuzzy Mammoth Development, LLC
To assist with the repair of the accent band, coping and masonry on the Spadafore Building in Fairmont, Marion County.
Greenbrier Historical Society
To stabilize the foundation of the Blue Sulphur Springs Pavilion in Blue Sulphur, Greenbrier County.
Harrison County Historical Society
To assist with repair of the sill and foundation on the Stealey-Goff Vance House in Clarksburg, Harrison County.
To assist with the repair of the roof, gutters and structural framing of the Beverly Flats Building in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County.
Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Inc.
To assist with the repair of the marquee on the Keith-Albee Theater in Huntington, Cabell County.
W. Blaine McVicker
To assist with the roof on the Duncan Funeral Home in Davis, Tucker County.
The Survey and Planning Grant Program is for conducting architectural/archaeological surveys, National Register nominations, predevelopment plans, heritage education projects, etc. The funding source for this grant program is the Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service. Recipients of Survey and Planning Grants include:
Berkeley County Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with creation of a digital replication of the existing Historic Driving Tour of Berkeley County.
Beverly Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with an educational training workshop to share the basics about historic preservation theory and information about the duties for local landmark commissions.
Charleston Historic Landmark Commission
To assist with an archaeological survey of the Glenwood Estate on the west side of Charleston, Kanawha County.
City of Fairmont/Fairmont Preservation Review Commission
To transform the Fairmont Design Guidelines into a user friendly graphically illustrated program to encourage their citizens to utilize the services of their Commission.
City of Morgantown/Historic Landmark Commission
To conduct an intensive research, identification and inventory of stone walls and other stone edifices in the Morgan District of Monongalia County.
Corporation of Shepherdstown
To develop drawings and specifications to turn the Entler-Weltzheimer House in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County into a center for preservation education.
Greenbrier County Commission
To complete the architectural survey of Greenbrier County.
Hampshire County Commission
To prepare two individual National Register nominations for properties in Hampshire County.
Wheeling Historic Landmark Commission
To prepare a Historic Structures Report on the Forbes and Robb Mausoleums in the Mt. Wood Cemetery in Wheeling, Ohio County.
The Records Management and Preservation Grant Program is administered through the Records Management and Preservation Board (RMPB) and includes projects to improve management, storage conditions, access, and preservation of public records held in county offices. Funding for the grants program comes from filing fees collected by county clerks and deposited in the special Public Records and Preservation Account. Recipients of Records Management and Preservation Grants include:
Barbour County Commission
To digitize pre-1985 assessor’s copies of the land books; and to purchase a color scanner for the county clerk’s office.
Berkeley County Council
To index digital images of case files in the circuit clerk’s office; digitize and rebind the original grantor/grantee index books; and recover will, plat, and deed index books in the county clerk’s office.
Boone County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office.
Braxton County Commission
To purchase open steel shelving and archival cubic foot records storage boxes for the sheriff’s and circuit clerk’s offices; and to repair and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.
Calhoun County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project; and to rebind and encapsulate birth, death, and deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Fayette County Commission
To purchase open steel shelving for all county government long-term records located in the county commission’s records storage facility; and to purchase moveable track shelving for improved case file management in the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Grant County Commission
To scan and index case files; and to purchase a color scanner and high-volume shredder for the prosecuting attorney’s office.
Greenbrier County Commission
To scan deed index books; to restore and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office; and to digitize tax parcel maps cards in the assessor’s office.
Hampshire County Commission
To restore and digitize the earliest will books in the county clerk’s office.
Hardy County Commission
To restore and encapsulate 1791-1799 county court records in the county clerk’s office; and to scan and index chancery case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Harrison County Commission
To digitize the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.
Jackson County Commission
To scan and index case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Kanawha County Commission
To purchase a color scanner and to scan and index pre-1999 records in the county clerk’s office; to scan and index order books; and to purchase roller shelving for improved storage of these records in the circuit clerk’s office.
Lewis County Commission
To scan and index case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Lincoln County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project; and to restore and encapsulate land books in the county clerk’s office.
Marion County Commission
To scan and index the earliest handwritten birth, death, and marriage records in the county clerk’s office.
Mason County Commission
To digitize the assessor’s copies of land books and maps; and to purchase a color scanner in the county clerk’s office.
McDowell County Commission
To purchase Mylar sleeves and map cabinets for improved storage of the county clerk’s survey maps.
Mercer County Commission
To digitize military discharge records and purchase public access computers in the county clerk’s office; and to purchase moveable track shelving for long-term inactive case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Mingo County Commission
To scan and index order books in the circuit clerk’s office.
Monongalia County Commission
To purchase color scanners in the county clerk’s and prosecuting attorney’s offices; and a high-volume, cross-cut shredder for the sheriff’s office.
Monroe County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office; and to scan and index case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Morgan County Commission
To scan and index case files in the prosecuting attorney’s office; and to scan and index map cards in the assessor’s office.
Nicholas County Commission
To restore and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office; and to purchase moveable track shelving for long term case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Pendleton County Commission
To digitize deed, release, and trust deed books; and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate 1788-1850 location and will books in the county clerk’s office.
Putnam County Commission
To scan and index deed books in the county clerk’s office; and to scan and index map and homestead cards in the assessor’s office.
Raleigh County Commission
To purchase shelving for improved storage of homestead cards, a public access computer for the records room, and Mylar sleeves to encapsulate the county’s maps in the assessor’s office.
Ritchie County Commission
To purchase roller shelving for deed, lease, and will index books in the county clerk’s office.
Roane County Commission
To purchase shelving for improved storage of land and financial records in the sheriff’s office.
Summers County Commission
To digitize handwritten deed index and map books; and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate deed books in the county clerk’s office.
Tucker County Commission
To digitize plat books, and to restore, rebind, and encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books in the county clerk’s office.
Upshur County Commission
To scan and index chancery and law case files in the circuit clerk’s office.
Wayne County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project; to encapsulate the assessor’s copies of land books; and to purchase public access computers in the county clerk’s office.
Wood County Commission
To index deed books digitized by the RMPB Statewide Preservation Project in the county clerk’s office.
Wyoming County Commission
To digitize the earliest will, judgment, and appraisal books in the county clerk’s office.
Helen L. Woodring
Helen L. Woodring
Age 85 of Burning Springs, WV passed away March 14, 2015 at the Worthington Center of Parkersburg, WV.
She was born in Wood County, WV December 24, 1929 the daughter of the late John and Mary (Ames) Dooley.
She attended Good Hope Church of Reedy WV.
She enjoyed being at home and spending time with her friends and family.
She is survived by sisters, Barbara Dooley of Parkersburg, Sandy Dooley (Dale Clark) of Palestine, WV, Sharon Dooley of Pennsboro, WV, Nancy Smarr (Jack) of West Union, WV; brothers, Jack Dooley of Newark, WV, Homer Dooley of Burning Springs, Kevin Dooley of Burning Springs, and David Dooley (Tonda) of Burning Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
Helen was preceded in death by both her parents; her husband Marcus J. Woodring; sisters, Margaret Griffin, Juanita Dooley and Mary Arnold; brothers, Bobby Dooley, Keith Dooley, John Dooley, George Dooley, and William Dooley.
Services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Matheny Whited Funeral Home of Elizabeth ,WV with Rev. John Price officiating.
Visitation was Monday March 16, 2015 from 6-8 PM.
Interment will be at Beatty Cemetery of Burning Springs.
Leona M. Barazzone
Leona M. Barazzone
Age 93, longtime resident of Berea, WV, passed away quietly on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the Pocahontas Memorial Hospital in Buckeye, WV, after a short bout of pneumonia.
Leona was born November 14, 1921 in Berea, WV (Ritchie County) a daughter of the late Ernest Ray and Elsie Ota (Maxson) Bonnell.
She was a retired postmaster of the former Berea and Pullman post office in Ritchie County, WV. She attended Harrisville High School for two years and later graduated from Pullman High School with the class of 1939 as the Salutatorian. She attended Salem College and after college moved to Charleston, WV for work from 1941-1975. She was the longtime secretary/treasure of the Pine Grove Community Cemetery Association of Berea, WV and served as the Grange Master of the North Fork Grange of Berea, WV. She greatly enjoyed gardening, making quilts.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Leona was a kind and generous person and was sweet to all she met.
She is survived by her son, Barry Barazzone of Circleville, WV; daughter, Irma Barazzone of Morgantown, WV, step-son, Sam Barazzone and step-daughter, Esther Lynn Barazzone and her brother, Orville “Bud” Bonnell of Pennsboro, WV.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Barazzone in 1965; step-son Patrick Vincent Barazzone;sisters, Dortha Hodge; Willa Dean Spiker; Arleta Bartlett, and Wilma King.
Funeral services will be 1 PM, Monday, March 16, 2015, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Donald Maxson officiating.
Burial will follow in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Berea, WV.
Public visitation was from 4-8 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the funeral home with a gathering of family at 3:30 PM on Sunday.
Age 89, of Big Springs, WV went home to be with the Lord March 11, 2015 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville, WV.
Born in Wirt County, WV on August 10, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Emily Veon.
She was a homemaker and member of the Hoy Chapel United Methodist Church at Leading Creek.
Surviving are daughters Janice (Tom) Blair of Big Bend, WV, Jeanie (Alfred) Hickman of Big Springs; sons James (Linda) Snider of Big Springs, Wayne (Helen) Snider of Big Springs, Donald (Linda) Snider of Harrisville, WV and Timothy (Lisa) Snider of Big Springs; one brother, Arnold Veon; one sister, Mary Winland. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband Willard Snider; infant daughter Susan Snider; infant grandson Michael Wayne Snider as well three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.
Burial will follow in the Saunders Cemetery at Big Springs.
Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the service.
Suspended Ritchie Attorney Facing Additional Ethics Charges
A Ritchie County attorney whose career is on hiatus for ethical lapses faces a new set of ethics charges.
In a statement of charges filed November 14, the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, the arm of the state Supreme Court that oversees attorney discipline, accuses Ira M. Haught, age 55, of Harrisville, of committing 11 violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in the cases of four former clients.
The statement, which acts like an indictment for disciplinary purposes, alleges Haught’s lack of either communication or diligence led to, among other things, one man losing his ability to appeal a verdict in a personal injury suit, and a woman the opportunity to adopt her grandchildren.
The new statement of charges comes midway through a one-year suspension the Court imposed on Haught in April.
The statement contains the complaints filed against Haught by John A. Tripp, Sr., Freda K. King, Dana J. Minor, and Kyle M. Gibson with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the arm of the Court that investigates attorney misconduct. All four complainants allege Haught either failed to keep them updated on the status of their respective cases or mislead them about it.
According to the statement, Tripp hired Haught in 2005 to file suit against Jay Bee Production Company for property damage caused by drilling. The suit was filed, and appeared to come to a conclusion in 2009 when Haught informed Tripp a tentative settlement was reached via mediation.
However, due to the death of Judge Robert Holland, Haught told Tripp finalization of the settlement would have to wait until Holland’s replacement could be appointed. In December 2010, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed former Pleasants County Prosecutor Timothy J. Sweeney to fill Holland’s unexpired term.
According the statement, between the time of the proposed settlement and May 2012, Tripp said he was unable to speak directly with Haught. When he called the circuit clerk’s office on May 1 to inquire about the status of the suit, he was told it was dismissed a year earlier due to inactivity.
After Tripp filed his complaint on May 29, 2012, the statement says Haught promptly filed a motion to reopen the case, and later to withdraw from it. Both were subsequently granted by Sweeney.
However, Tripp averred Haught never informed him of his intention to withdraw. He told ODC because of Tripp’s then-pending complaint, it was in everyone’s best interest he no longer handle the case.
According to the statement, following Haught’s withdraw, Tripp asked for a refund of the money he paid him. In early 2013, Haught send ODC copies of the invoices of the work he performed as an explanation why he didn’t owe Tripp a refund.
However, according to the statement, the invoices showed the last work Haught performed in Tripp’s suit was in June and July 2009 after the mediation began.
In January 2013, King lodged her complaint against Haught alleging he strung her along for over a year about gaining custody of her grandchildren.
According to the statement, King hired Haught in September 2011 to file paperwork to gain custody of her grandchildren, who are not identified in the statement, after their parents relinquished their parental rights the previous month. After an order was entered officially terminating their parental rights, Haught told King he would get to work immediately on filing a motion to intervene.
Eventually, in June 2012, Haught called King saying a hearing would be scheduled for sometime in July or early August. On June 14, the statement says King sent Haught sent a check, and two money orders totaling $3,000.
In late August, King contacted Haught’s office regarding the status of the hearing. Haught’s assistant told King to expect a letter from him.
According to the statement, King received a letter from Haught on September 14, 2012. In it said his schedule did not permit him the time to devote to her case, and, as such, he was refunding her money.
Sometime thereafter, King hired David Moore, a sole practitioner in Ripley, to help her. On October 02, 2012, he filed a motion to intervene on King’s behalf.
However, according to the statement, it was all for naught as following a hearing on November 16, Moore learned King’s grandchildren had already been adopted.
Also in January 2013, Haught’s inaction in filing an appeal in Minor’s personal injury suit led to his complaint against him.
According to the statement, Minor was injured when struck by a car on December 02, 2009. The location is not specified.
However, before the end of the month, he hired Haught to file a lawsuit. Though a date is not specified, a suit was filed, and Minor rejected the first settlement offer from the insurance company.
According to the statement, after a two day trial on January 23 and 24, 2013, a jury ruled in favor of the defendant. After the trial, Minor asked Haught to file an appeal on the grounds the defendant, who is not identified in the statement, committed perjury, and Minor’s witnesses did not have enough time to prepare for trial.
On an unspecified date, Haught said he would not only file the appeal, but also seek to have the defendant charged criminally with perjury as an investigator he hired confirmed he committed it. Over the next year, the statement says Haught told Minor the appeal was filed, and he was awaiting word on a court date.
On February 15, 2014, Minor found out about Haught’s suspension. Despite speaking with him a day or two earlier, Minor claims Haught never told him about it.
According to the statement, shortly after learning of Haught’s suspension, Minor called the Wood Circuit Clerk’s Office, and discovered Haught failed to file the appeal.
After he filed his ethics complaint, Minor sent a certified letter to Haught seeking return of his file. Though he promptly received it, Minor says not only where items missing from it, but it also contained materials he’d never seen before.
Also, he made several attempts with Wood Circuit Judge Robert A. Waters to schedule a new trial. On April 08, the statement says Waters’ secretary said it was Haught’s responsibility to schedule one.
Because Haught’s suspension would soon take effect, Waters on April 17 scheduled a hearing for October 27.
As Haught’s suspension was drawing near, Gibson filed his complaint on April 01 alleging for nearly the past three years he was unable to find out the status of his habeas corpus petition. According to the state Department of Corrections’ Web site, Gibson, age 22, was convicted in 2010 on one count each of first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit malicious assault, and malicious assault.
Currently, he is incarcerated at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center near Smithers in Fayette County.
In a letter dated April 30 responding to Gibson’s ethics complaint, Haught said he removed his name from the list of court-appointed counsel two years prior, and requested substitute counsel be appointed in those cases. However, in a letter dated a week later, Gibson averred that Haught not only failed to tell him that, but also his mother who made multiple visits to Haught’s office inquiring about the status of the habeas petition.
According to the statement, ODC on May 2 asked Haught for all documents regarding his motion for substitution of counsel in Gibson’s case. Three weeks later, he provided them a letter dated February 14, 2014, signed only by himself that Gibson was making a motion for new counsel.
After requesting additional documents from the Ritchie Circuit Clerk’s Office, ODC discovered the only motions Haught filed were ones on March and May 15, 2012 seeking each time a 60-day extension to file Gibson’s habeas petition.
In addition to ones for communication and diligence, Haught is charged with violating Rules dealing with expediting litigation, misconduct, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. The latter specifically accuses Haught of “knowingly making a false statement of material fact” regarding his work, or lack thereof, in Gibson’s case.
Last February, the Court ordered Haught suspended for a year on a previous statement of charges. There, he was accused of not safekeeping funds belonging to one client, and having a conflict-of-interest with another in a property transfer.
When the Court rejected his motion to reconsider its decision, the suspension took effect April 24.
In addition to the suspension, the Court ordered Haught is to have his practice supervised for an additional two years to include regular audits conducted by a certified public accountant, and take an additional nine hours of continuing legal education in the areas of ethics, and office management.
When the first statement of charges were filed, Haught was the Republican nominee to fill Holland’s unexpired term. However, in the November 2012 general election he lost to Sweeney by a 2-1 margin.
An evidentiary hearing on the current statement of charges was scheduled for 9 AM on Wednesday, March 11 at the Ritchie County Courthouse.
According to the state Bar’s Web site, Haught began practicing law on May 17, 1983.
West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, case number 14-1150
State Supreme Court’s February 12 opinion in Ira Haught’s suspension
The Court’s April 29 order
~~ Lawrence J. Smith ~~
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Lillian Anne Webb
Lillian Anne Webb
Age 68, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Saturday, March 07, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV.
Lillian was born November 28, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, a daughter of the late Norbert Phillips and Thelma (Baer) Phillips of Harrisville, WV.
She spent her life as a wonderful, wonderful homemaker for her family. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Lawrence Webb; daughters, Cheryl Rau and Michelle Brown, both of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Jason Miller and David Rau of Baltimore, MD; Lawrence Brown of Pennsboro, WV; Lillian Brown of South Korea; Yvette Brown of Ravenswood, WV; Fernando Brown and Raymond Brown, both of Pennsboro, WV; Brandon Rau of Baltimore, MD; Miguelina Brown of Clarksburg, WV; Felix Brown of Pennsboro, WV, and her great grandchildren, Kennedy Miller of Baltimore, MD and Logan and Quinn Brown of Pennsboro, WV.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Johnston and great grandson, Jacob Brown.
Funeral services will be 2 PM Thursday, March 12, 2015, at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Doug Guinn officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mt. Harmony Masonic Cemetery, Pennsboro, WV.
Visitation will be from 12 PM - 2 PM on Thursday, at the funeral home.
Eunice Remona Satterfield
Eunice Remona Satterfield
Age 75, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Sunday, March 08, 2015, at Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, WV.
Eunice was born June 06, 1939 in Pennsboro, WV, a daughter of the late Ted John and Mary Virginia (Jones) Satterfield.
Eunice previously worked in the former Pennsboro Marble Factory. After working in the marble factory, she stayed at home to babysit for her younger brothers and sisters as well as other family members. She also cared for and took great care of her parents. She loved collecting baby dolls and jewelry, listening to gospel music, and was a very hard worker.
She previously attended the former EUB Church of Pennsboro and also attended the Pike Church of God and she dearly loved her cats and her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her brother, Leonard Satterfield (Delores) of Pennsboro, WV; sisters, Mary Williams (Roger) of Ellenboro, WV and Sue Ross of Pennsboro, WV, along with her loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Larry, Lee, Samuel, and Lennie Satterfield.
Funeral services will be 2 PM Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV with Rev. John Frum officiating.
Burial will follow in the EUB Cemetery of Pennsboro, WV.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Tuesday, at the funeral home.
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